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Reflecting on the 1st Thanksgiving

By now you are finishing up the delicious leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast, and possibly heading out to the deer camps that dot the landscape of Pennsylvania. Some reflections on the first Thanksgiving might be appropriate as we consider the bounty that we have just enjoyed.

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Mastering your money: focus on what you can control

What a whirlwind of a month — it seems as though every aspect of our financial life is subjected to some sort of major change. The taxes we pay, the deductions we use to lower our taxes, the retirement accounts we use and even our health insurance are all on the table. For now, this shake up will lead to nothing short of speculation. But what is more critical is figuring out the areas in our lives where we have some control over our financial decisions and being able to understand how those decisions can affect us in the future.

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Parents @ Play: Creature comforts

With so many fascinating, amazing, gorgeous, and marvelous creatures as there already are in the world, one might reasonably wonder why anyone could want even more. The answer is simple: Because it's fun! Here are some of our current favorite creature comforts, perfect for holiday gifts.

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Living with Children: Does the equal opportunity squat work?

I was fresh out of grad school when psychologists and other mental health types began recommending that when speaking to a child, an adult should squat down to eye level with said child. Supposedly, this submissive posture is a means of demonstrating respect for the child while, at the same time, avoiding any implication that the child must pay attention and obey because the adult is bigger.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Preschooler wants a mommy

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a single dad – my wife left me with the baby right after our son was born. He's now four and keeps asking where his mommy is. I try to keep in touch with her and ask her to spend time with her son, but she's not interested. I've also been dating a lot, hoping to meet women so my son can have some positive female role models in his life, but no luck yet. My son clearly wants a mom. But what I'm most worried about is that he's not sleeping, eating, or behaving like other kids his age. What should I do?

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Ex-etiquette: Grateful for 'yours, mine, and ours'

I'm a big toaster. For years at Thanksgiving I tried to kick off the dinner by raising our glasses together and counting our blessings. We are a yours, mine, and ours bonusfamily and the people at the table are an uncommon bunch. There are exes and current partners, there are kids from each coupling that have all been raised together – and now there are grandkids. It's been a struggle sometimes, but the years have mellowed everyone and tolerance has kicked in.

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